Free baroque concerts this week by top artists

Photo: Facebook Voces Suaves
Photo: Facebook Voces Suaves

For the seventh edition of Baroque Music Concerts at the Visitation Chapel, the Directorate of Cultural Affairs welcomes the vocal ensemble Voces Suaves, who will perform two free concerts this week.

Founded in Basel, Switzerland, in 2012 by baritone Tobias Wicky, the ensemble is dedicated to the repertoire of Renaissance and Baroque music.

Made up of a nucleus of nine solo singers, most of whom have their roots in the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Voces Suaves specialises in the interpretation of Italian madrigals, early Baroque German compositions, Italian oratorios, and masses for larger numbers.

The ensemble is regularly invited to perform in prestigious venues such as the Ambronay Festival, the Claudio Monteverdi Festival in Cremona (Italy), the Seviqc Brežice Festival (Slovenia) and the Forum alte Musik Zürich as well as in several concerts in Basel.

All of the artists have made a distinguished solo career, and actively participate in the productions of prestigious ensembles such as Jacques Moderne, Stradivaria, the Sacqueboutiers of Toulouse, Concerto Soave, the Folies Françoises, Pierre Robert, the Harmonic Poem, the Elements, A Sei Voci, Passions, Sit Fast, Baroque Crossings, Musicians of the Louvre, La Fenice, and The Spiritual Concert.

On Tuesday, December 5, at 8:30 pm: “T’amo mia vita”, under the direction of Tobias Wicky, includes sopranos Lia Andres and Christina Boner-Sutter, tenors Raphael Höhn and Dan Dunkelblum, baritone Tobias Wicky, Jan Thomer playing viola, Davide Benetti on bass and Ori Harmelin on theorbo.

On Thursday, December 7, also at 8:30 pm, discover the works of Schmelzer, Buxtehude, Erlebach, Biber, Handel and Bach with “A Walk in Baroque Germany.” This performance features soprano Anne Magouët, Koji Yoda on baroque violin, Sibylle Schuetz-Carrière playing viola da gamba and Charlotte Marck on organ and harpsichord.

Seating is limited and doors open at 8 pm.


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